This is the time of year, with chilly temps, when I love to watch a
I was over the wire shelves, with missing brackets and “weak weight points.”
It was time to relocate and/or organize the contents of our entry hall coat closet to a more useful storage closet.
My husband’s only question, “Why do we need new shelves when you just removed 30 pounds of wire shelves? With a slight tone to my voice I gave him my go-to pitch for house-related projects:
“I planned this project months ago.”
I describe our home as a brownstone in the It’s wider than a brownstone (that’s the suburbs part) but has multiple levels and lots of steps. Our main level includes the kitchen, family room, living room, study and dining room and guest bath.
The only storage is what is in the kitchen. This storage closet from coat closet makeover was in the works for years and once it made it to this list the plan was already in motion.
Moving down a flight of stairs to the entry level is the front door and a hall closet. When guests arrive thru the front door there are two choices; to go up a flight of stairs or to go down a flight of stairs to the basement. The basement also includes the garage entry door. You following this?
It was this accident when I saw this goo creeping (spilling) out of the entry closet that set the plan into motion. All along, our coat closet really wanted to be a storage closet.
So on a blustery winter afternoon, before the first commercial during the Proposal with Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock, I pulled all the contents from the entry hall coat closet.
With a carload of melamine shelves like these and a table saw, we got to work with measurements. We took into consideration the height of the vacuum cleaner and the back up dog food bags. It’s also nice to have a place to stash Amazon orders.
I wanted shelves where I could slide in existing storage bins. I wanted the storage closet to include the everyday essentials/non-essentials in one place. Things like light bulbs, bulk toilet paper and paper towels (remember all those stairs). It’s nice to have those supplies nearby but not next to the flour and sugar canisters.
And in a few hours and an hour of repainting the walls I had transformed a storage closet from a coat closet.